be hard to get the New Testament convicted
on a charge of apostolic authority. Out of
ten writers—not including Q—
four at most heard Jesus' promise
upper room, that "when the Spirit comes
he will guide you into all truth." The synoptics
on unattributed pool reports, the Gentile Luke
took the whole thing down second-hand; Paul,
have his word for his apostleship—
in whatever sense you like—but who will vouch
James? Jude? 2 Peter? Or could even guess
the writer to the Hebrews? I don't doubt
inspiration, but the doctrine's flawed;
no wise house could now be founded on such sand.
summary of the weakness of the
case for the absolute “Apostolic” authority of the New Testament (the
argument that it is directly inspired by God because it is written by
those who were personally authorized by Jesus). Of those
credited, the only four apostolic writers of the New Testament are
John, Peter and Paul, provided the latter is accepted as an apostle (in
of one chosen and commissioned directly by Jesus) by virtue of his
post-Ascension encounter with Jesus on the
four at most Matthew, John and Peter were at the Last Supper to hear Jesus’ promise (John 16:13) which is the most explicit foundation of belief in the apostolic authority of the New Testament writings. Mark may also have been present, as his house was one of the possible venues.
not including Q The name (short for the German "Quelle", meaning source) given to the text whose existence has been deduced but not proved, from which Matthew and Luke are thought each to have drawn common material (as well as drawing from Mark).
no wise house cf Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7, 24-27).